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over here. the fire started in a home near athens and peru just before 1:00 this morning. the fire quickly spread throughout the home and firefighters worked against the clock to keep it from spreading to neighboring buildings. now, one major challenge for fire crews was a gas rupture. it caused flames to shoot up to 10 feet high, but firefighters say they were able to get it under control. they called pg&e to come out and shut it off. now, the fire was contained and 2 a.m. we know now that three people were displaced as a result of the fire and two residents were taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. back at the scene, we know that building inspectors and arson investigators are here. fire crews actually just lot of a few moments ago but an investigation will begin from here on out. reporting live in san francisco, cate caugiran, cbs 5. a south bay family is devastated by a weekend fire. three members of the family were killed in the fire inside a two-story townhouse on
bridgeport court on the west side of san jose. a couple and their 4-year-old granddaughter were trapped on the upper floor. firefighters arrived in minutes but the entire building was already engulfed in flames. >> this fire somehow got a really billing head start on us. it burned hot and it burned very fast. it consumed most of the apartment even within a three minute response time for us. >> two victims had lived in the complex for about 20 years. their granddaughter also died. another family member was reported to be in intensive care. two other people suffered smoke inhalation including a san jose police officer who tried to help the victims. 4:32 now. secretary of state hillary clinton is under observation at a new york hospital this morning because of a blood clot. her doctors discovered the clot yesterday in a follow-up exam following a concussion she had suffered earlier this month.
her spokesman says it's related to the concussion but is not saying where that clot is located. she is being treated with anticoagulants and will stay in the hospital for the next couple of days. the deadline is 16.5 hours away for the nation's lawmakers to reach some kind of compromise to avoid a so-called "fiscal cliff." the house is set to reconvene this morning at 6:00 pacific time. andrew spencer has more on why the process seems to have stalled. reporter: >> if there is an ultimate compromise, there will be parts of it that i find disgusting and reprehensible which i may have to swallow in the name of finding a compromise. >> reporter: a rare sunday session on capitol hill. >> the senate will come to order. >> reporter: as lawmakers work on avoiding the so-called "fiscal cliff." talks briefly hit a, quote, major setback on sunday over social security benefits according to a democratic source. but both sides agreed to push forward. >> i want everyone to know i'm willing to get this done. but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: vice president joe
biden is apparently that person for senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. top level sources say the two are taking over talks. if nothing is resolved by midnight, tax rates for all americans will increase and democrats say it means about $2,000 for the average middle class family. >> one mom said to me in michigan, that's four months groceries. that's commuting back and forth to work and gas for up to three years. i mean, that's a lot of money. >> reporter: democrats want higher taxes on families earning $250,000 a year and over. republicans want tax rates to stay where they are. taxes seem to be the biggest obstacle to a compromise but others want to government -- others want to see government spending put in check. >> the president is doing nothing about the addiction that his administration, he is the spender in chief. >> reporter: president obama says he is willing to do that. >> i offered over a trillion dollars in additional spending cuts so we would have $2 cuts for every $1 of increased revenue.
>> senate is in recess. >> reporter: the senate reconvenes at 11 a.m. so as americans celebrate the beginning of 2013 they may wake up wishing it was 2012 when they had more money in their pockets. andrew spencer reporting. >> the midnight deadline is 9:00 our time. if the deadline passes there could still be wiggle room if the president and lawmakers appear to be working towards an agreement. the tax hikes and spending cuts could be held at bay for a few weeks, they could be repealed retroactively once a deal is reached. and you can keep tabs on the fiscal talks anytime by logging on to our website, cbssf.com. there is some hope. congressional leaders showed yesterday they are able to compromise at least on a few things. top republicans and democrats announced they reached a deal to extend the 2008 farm bill for at least one more year. agricultural secretary tom vilsack says if an agreement had not been reached, milk prices would have skyrocketed stops $7 a gallon. the chp reports declines in
both drunk driving arrests and fatal accidents so far this holiday period. the numbers are in from the first two days of the new year's weekend. the chp made 723 drunk driving arrests since friday night across the state. that's more than 200 fewer than last year. accidents killed 9 people in california. down from 12 in the same period a years ago. here's a look at what bay area transit agencies are planning for tonight. caltrain free rides after 11:00 for passengers riding south from san francisco. muni will offer free rides from 8 p.m. until 6:00 tomorrow morning. in san jose and silicon valley, all vta bus and light rail will be free between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. and bart will extend its service until 3 a.m. but no free rides. beautiful, isn't it?
auckland, new zealand has rung in the new year. the party goes around the globe and ends in the united states. >> i know where you'll be at midnight in the bay area. you'll be in bed. >> with medicine. doesn't i sound wonderful? >> you want to experience the bay area in all its fullest? ride bart after midnight. what a time-out that will be. i have heard some stories. folks around the bay area today, we have seen a few clouds sweeping through a little chilly out the door on this last day of 2012. you can see an approaching cold front sliding in our direction but high pressure out ahead of the system and this system is going to weaken as it approaches the coast. looks like things will settle down. outside now, though, we are looking at those temperatures on the chilly side. 33 degrees in concord just about freezing. it's 33 in livermore, too. 41 in san francisco and 34 degrees in san jose. this afternoon, kind of a cool
day outside. expect those highs only in the upper 40s, some low 50s outside so a chilly day indeed. bundle up out the door. of course, tonight you want to bundle up too. looks like when we ring in the new year, a dry pattern although next weekend starting to get a little wet. let's check the roads with elizabeth. >> a lot of folks have today and tomorrow off. here's a live look at the south bay. we sent our photographer this morning down to 101 near the trimble exit. you can see a few taillights there making their way down towards san jose. both directions looking good. mass transit-wise, michelle noted it a little earlier, a couple of systems on holiday schedules some offering extra service tonight including bart open until 3:00 this morning. ace train no service. muni and golden gate ferry on a holiday schedule and caltrain and muni also offering free rides after 11:00 tonight. here's a live look at the golden gate bridge. not too bad. you can see looking good
towards san francisco. elsewhere the nimitz 880 in oakland fine past the coliseum. and all your drive times still in the green in the clear through the east bay. that's traffic. back to you guys. >> thank you. the search is on for the killer of a 15-year-old girl who was shot at an east oakland housing complex. it happened about 3:40 yesterday afternoon at 65th avenue and lion way. police say it appears the victim was walking with a group of people when a lone gunman approached them and then opened fire. a 14-year-old boy was also shot but his injuries are not considered life-threatening. witnesses told police the shooter appeared to be between the ages of 13 and 16. it brings oakland's homicide total to 131 for the year on this final day of 2012. that's a 27% increase from last year. san francisco has 67 murders for the year, a one-third increase over 2011 and san jose's 45 is relatively low for a steve almost a million people but -- for a city of almost a
million people but 12.5% higher than 2011. in contra costa county richmond has seen a dramatic decrease in homicides. 18 people having killed in richmond thisser. >> , the lowest number the city has seen since 2001. three years ago the city had 45 homicides. a likely factor is a big staffing increase at the richmond police department. it's gone from 40 officers to 190 in recent years. 4:40. drag-racing is suspected in a crash that injured three people in the east bay. an out-of-control car slamming into a busy funeral home on clayton road in concord. a 16-year-old was behind the wheel of a 1974 chevy nova. police say the teenager was going well over the 40-mile-per- hour speed limit and apparently racing another 16-year-old. a service was just beginning when the car crashed into the funeral chapel. >> literally five seconds after
i had entered the side room we thought it was an earthquake and saw the car careen into the building. i'm grateful to the priest for ushering everybody in. >> three people were injured. so far no arrests. checking bay area headlines, police are still looking for the person who mugged a woman and killed her dog in san francisco. the woman stopped her car in the tenderloin on friday when a man tried to rob her then grabbed her 12-year-old dog named roxy and threw it into traffic. police are checking for surveillance video of the area and are offering $1,000 reward for any information. the young woman charged in a hit-and-run death in san francisco is due back in court for arraignment this morning. police say 23-year-old gina eunice had four people on twin peaks earlier this month then left the scene. a woman she allegedly hit later died. tomorrow san francisco's minimum wage increases again.
it will rise from $10.24 to $10.55 the highest in the nation. the city is adhering to an ordinance approved by voters in 2003. it ties the minimum wage to the regional rate of inflation. time now 4:42. sunday drivers beware. the change impacting your change if you want to park in san francisco. >> plus, a deadly plane crash in russia. the dramatic video seen here just moments after the aircraft hit a highway. >> and on this ice how a day of sledding nearly turned tragic. ,,,,,, share everything.
angeles county... this is cell phone video taken at jackson this is pretty scary here. nearly a dozen people landed in icy waters in the mountains of los angeles county. this is cell phone video taken at jackson lake just south of lancaster. a couple witnessed a person fall through the ice. the thin ice, after sledding down the hill onto the lake. >> it was hard to watch.
it really was. we saw that guy go under three times and the third time we didn't think he was coming back up. >> people tried to help only to find themselves falling into the frigid waters. everyone in the water was eventually pulled out with a rope but six people were in that water. >> that's what happens, one tries to save the other. they're lucky they got out. >> a lot of people on the side there just helplessly watching. how are we doing new year's wise? >> i think we're doing pretty good. we had a lot of storms to round out the year but things settling down. cloudy skies this morning, kind of a chilly start to the day. we have a few clouds skirting on through. and then you can see more off the coastline. don't think that will be too bad but we'll see occasionally a few of those as we have lot to the day. partly cloudy this morning and chilly. new year's looking good. looks like we're going to start out the new year pretty much dry around the bay area although maybe late in the week we start to talk about some stormy weather but for today a cold front is approaching running into a ridge of high
pressure left behind a lot of sunshine, a couple of clouds but still cool temperatures outside. around the state, cold in the central valley, only about 51 in the afternoon in sacramento. 31 in lake tahoe. get this, overnight lows dropping down to minus 5 degrees if you are heading in that direction. throughout the day today our model wants to bring a couple of clouds across our skies and a mix of sun and clouds. then it moves out. new year's clear and no rain. temperature-wise we are going to especially keep the numbers down. 52 fremont, 51 pacifica, 52 morgan hill. east bay numbers upper 40s and low 50s so chilly. into the bay you will see those temperatures to 52 in oakland, 51 in petaluma and a cool 49 in sonoma. next couple of days looking into the new year can you believe that? yes indeed it looks like it will be mainly dry just a couple of passing weak systems on new year's day and then
again on thursday. maybe some showers return to the bay area late on friday and into saturday. that's the latest forecast. elizabeth? >> okay. thank you, lawrence. and it is super quiet outside on this new year's eve morning but you will feel the chill in the air as lawrence mentioned so hopefully get to take a day off work. this is a live look at the bay bridge toll plaza. similar story over at the san mateo bridge. it is a 12-minute drive time right now out of hayward heading towards the other side towards foster city and the peninsula. on the maps we'll talk about mass transit. a lot of systems on a holiday schedule today. bart has regular service. in fact, they have added extra trains later on tonight for all the new year's eve revelers. service is stay tunedded until 3:00 this morning -- service is extended until 3:00 this morning. typically it wraps up around midnight. live look across the golden gate bridge. caltrans on a typical weekend schedule so not seeing a whole lot of roadwork out there as well this morning. here's a live look at the nimitz 880 past the coliseum. and once again the drive times
still all free and clear. quick check of the south bay where the guadalupe parkway, 280 and 101 are still all moving at top speeds. back to you >> thank you. someone has reported will claimed the body of mass murderer adam lanza for burial. lanza was the gunman who opened fire earlier this month at that elementary school in newtown, connecticut. he then committed suicide. the north carolina times said the state medical examiner did not reveal who claimed his body. lanza reportedly lived with his mother, who was killed just before the school shooting erupted. nine people are dead after a tour bus plunged down an embankment in eastern oregon. state police say the bus crashed through a guardrail off interstate 84 near pendleton yesterday morning before it plummeted 100 feet. the freeway was covered with snow and ice at the time. more than 2 dozen were treated for injuries. they were on the way back for las vegas heading home to
vancouver. a psychiatric evaluation is ordered for the woman accused of pushing a man to his death at a new york subway station. erica menendez laughed hysterically during her weekend arraignment as she was charged with murder as a hate crime. prosecutors say menendez pushed a man on the tracks because she blamed muslims, hindus and egyptians for the 9/11 attacks. friends say the victim was hindu. the crash of a commercial jetliner in rubs. a russia. a camera shows the impact. debris flew across the road. amazing video. striking several cars. it happened as the plane slammed into the ground just short of the runway. five crewmembers were killed. there were no passengers on board. venezuelan president hugo chavez an outspoken critic of the united states has new complications following cancer
surgery in cuba. his vice president describes the venezuelan leader's condition as delicate. no other details were given about the complications that resulted from arrest spraer to infection. chavez is due to be important in for a new term in 10 days. a close call for an australian surfer when he encountered a shark. he was riding a wave when a shark struck has board. while he didn't get hurt, the 7- foot shark took a bite out of has surfboard. -- out of has surfboard. >> saw teeth on the bottom of the board and knocked me off my board. [ indiscernible ] >> what?! [ laughter ] >> hard to understand that. the beaches were closed right away. this is the second shark attack in new south wales. a paddleboarder was also attacked and survived. >> i think that was, are you kidding me?! [ laughter ] >> i bet he is back out there
though. 4:50. another bay area county is banning plastic bags for shoppers starting tomorrow. the new ban applies to alameda county's unincorporated areas and all of its cities. stores will no longer be able to give customers one-time use plastic bags. customers must carry their own bags or pay 10 cents for each recyclable paper bag. as we prepare to say good- bye to 2012, we're also bidding a fond farewell to a parking park in san francisco. cbs 5 reporter patrick sedillo on why drivers will need a pocket full of change even on sunday. reporter: beginning next sunday, the free ride or should i say free parking is over. >> i don't see why they need to do it now. they are already getting you monday through friday and they have you on saturday now then they're going to get you on sunday. what are they going to do next, 24 hours a day? >> reporter: possibly. this woman says she knows why. >> the city needs money but not with the parking meter on
sunday. >> reporter: the law will net the city an extra $2 million a year. >> i'm a long-time resident of the city of san francisco. and i do not approve what the board of supervisors has done. >> reporter: in the marina on chestnut street where parking is like a competitive sport, the law isn't getting much support there, either. >> it hurts the small businessman for one thing. a lot of people come to the restaurants on the weekend, to the stores and i think a lot of them are not going to come. >> reporter: and this person sees it as something that's been in the works for a long time. >> it was the board of supervisors not planning, not thinking ahead not being able to be decisive when it counted. they kicked the can down the street. >> reporter: now we have to pay? >> exactly. >> reporter: this law goes into effect next sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and don't forget if you feed the meter, that is still illegal. reporting from san francisco, patrick sedillo, cbs 5. >> you can't feed the meter?! time now 4572.
new year's eve a lot of fireworks around the area, cloudy, cool, temperatures into the 50s on the embarcadero but should be dry. >> and we are extra quiet so far on your bay area roads on this new year's eve morning. here's a live look at the golden gate bridge, the bay bridge and milpitas. coming up, we'll get a chance
of mast, bart offering extra service, we'll get a chance of mass transit. here's a celebration you may not have heard of, a celebration before the celebration. crews tested a crucial piece of the party at times square yesterday, yup, the confetti. that is a crucial piece. right? this is the annual airworthiness test and it passed. all the confetti is hand made and strategically placed. and crews sent the ball on a dry run to be sure it's working properly. more than 32,000 l.e.d.s covered with 3,000 waterford crystals will sparkle during the countdown to 2013. >> have you ever been about in new york for new year's? >> no. i never have. >> they are lining up, i guarantee, right now in times square. it's like 50 deep. >> i can't deal with big crowds. i'd rather be home. >> rather watch it on tv.
baby news from the kardashians. >> kim is with child apparently. that's what rapper kanye west said at a show in atlantic city in new jersey yesterday. he and kim kardashian have been dating for eight months. members of her family are tweeting the news this morning, as well. kim kardashian is still married to kris humphries although she filed for divorce more than a year ago. were you saying khloe is married? she can't have a kid. >> she has been trying. hopefully she does. >> hard to keep up with them. 150 years after signing the public is getting a rare look at the emancipation proclamation. >> the document aimed at freeing the slaves went into effect on january 1, 1863. it will go on the ground public display at the national archives in washington, d.c. tomorrow. when it was exited in michigan last year, people waited up to 8 hours to see it. it's part of history so people want to see it.
4:57. the "fiscal cliff" deadline just hours away. talks are stalled. can lawmakers get a deal done in time? >> we'll see. plus, a driver crashes into a concord funeral home during services. what police say was happening that could result in charges. >> a house fire in san francisco's excelsior district has firefighters raising eyebrows. we'll tell you why something illegal might be behind the cause.
lawmakers have just hours to prevent tax hikes and spendg cuts.. r a deal? >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald peering over the "fiscal cliff," lawmakers have just hours to prevent tax hikes and spending cuts. is there any hope for a deal? >> reporter: firefighters are calling a house fire in san francisco's excelsior district suspicious. we'll tell you why in just a few moments. >> it's a frosty start to this last day of 2012. what about rain? could we see that on new year's eve? weta